The title above comes from Psalm 37:3. Trust in the Lord and do good. This is wisdom for God’s people from King David who later, in verses 8&9, exhorts us to: Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret – it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. These verses challenge us, but they also comfort us. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart. I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
In light of the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage, I believe June 26, 2015 is a day to be marked as another “in your face God” moment for our country. That is why I was looking for comfort and direction from Psalm 37. God’s people need to be aware that God is not surprised by the decisions of man. He gave them over to a depraved mind because of their rejection of him. He is in charge, and we belong to him. We are redeemed! And we are bearers of his message of love and forgiveness. Nothing good will come if Christians join the ranks of haters and revilers.
In Romans 1:18-32 Paul gives a clear dissertation on what’s happening. He starts out: “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.” Reading on we see that the depravity over taking our nation is because we have turned our backs to God. Even the futility of our thinking, the illogical thinking of our leaders is a result of denying God. So, what should be our response to this evil?
I think that we should trust in the Lord and do good. God has his hand on all that is taking place on the earth with a promise to work it out for his glory and our good. Trust him! As King David pointed out, hating, fretting and being filled with wrath only leads to evil. Our charge is to do good, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Do good to those who spitefully use you. Jesus made it clear how we are to proceed. Don’t turn your back to him.